“Evangelism is too hard.” Yes, I have heard this many times… and I may have even said it a time or two. Recently I was thinking about a funeral I had attended several years ago. There he lay, dead. He was gone and unsaved. Lived a life and then, in the flash of an eye, he was in Hell. Someone I loved and respected was gone and so was my opportunity to share the Gospel with him.
His funeral was in a church, one that he never graced the doors of other than a few occasions. People spoke of him in living memory and talked about heaven. Yet I sat there and knew this was not true… he was in Hell. The people who spoke about Heaven are not saved either. They just like the idea of heaven. I tried to speak to a few of them about it. Many nodded and glazed over, some argued their points in phone calls over the next few months and slowly all of those people dissipated from my life. Yes, evangelism is hard.
John 9:61-62 61 And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.”
62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
If we think of what we may lose when we share our faith we are often silenced. We remain quiet. No mockery comes when you are quiet. No rebuttals. No arguments. No loss… in that moment at least. We are quiet. We look and see what is at stake for us. This is selfish, unloving and human. Very, very human. We are putting our hand to the plow and looking back as we watch the loss of the things we think we cannot lose. When we look forward we see a line plowed that is jagged, inefficient, and just plain old sloppy. Our work is not fit for His Kingdom unless we are Kingdom minded.
I remember that awful feeling knowing I never shared the Gospel and it was too late. The field I plowed was jagged, broken and barren. A plot of land wasted and a life ended without a Savior. I wasn’t kingdom minded. I was selfish and didn’t want to be uncomfortable. Now I stood in a funeral uncomfortable to the umpteenth degree! Yes, evangelism is hard but that moment was harder.
Now, years later, I have shared the Gospel with those who were there that day. Many I no longer speak too due to the uncomfort that these conversations brought. It’s hard being the Jesus freak at times. Though now I can say that I did not look back. I plowed the field and planted the seeds. I didn’t look back. I did the job that Jesus gave me, to sow the Gospel into the lives of the unsaved. Was it hard? Yes. Is my conscience clear? Yes. Have I served my Savior instead of myself? Yes. So when you say evangelism is too hard please remember that standing before a dead person you didn’t share the Gospel with is even harder.
So who have you been using this excuse with? Who is “too hard”? No more excuses. Go share your faith with them today.